Fauria Is Solid

There was criticism tossed Notre Dame's way when the coaching staff decided to take two tight ends in this recruiting class, but now it looks a very good decision. Despite the struggles of the Irish this season, Joseph Fauria of Crespi Carmelite High School (Encino, Calif.) isn't wavering on his commitment. In fact, the Irish commitment is as solid as ever.

Everyone expected Notre Dame tight end John Carlson to have huge year, but with the struggles of the Irish offense Carlson has been a missing component at times. Even though Joseph Fauria (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) is in the middle of USC Trojan territory, he hasn't wavered on his commitment to Notre Dame.

"It doesn't really bother me, but I hear it from USC fans all the time," Fauria responded when asked if people gave him a hard time about Notre Dame's struggles. "They're going through some growing pains. The coaching staff is great over there and coach Weis knows what he's doing, so I trust them. Their win-loss record isn't that good, but they're always going to be great team….it's Notre dame football. I'm still rooting for them and I don't doubt them at all.

Fauria and his classmate, tight end Kyle Rudolph became even more important to the future of Notre Dame football, as sophomore tight end Konrad Reuland left the team.

"The coaches told me about Konrad Reuland transferring," Fauria said. "I met Konrad and his brother. I don't doubt that he'll do great wherever he goes. Notre Dame probably wasn't the right place for him. It shows me that I'll have a chance to compete early. I'm even more excited that Kyle and I are going to hold things down."

This weekend Joseph will be getting an up close look at the Irish, when Notre Dame faces the UCLA Bruins. Before he heads out to watch the Irish, Joseph and his Crespi teammates will hope to move to 4-1 on the season as the take on Canyon.

Despite losing their starting quarterback in the first series of their first game, Crespi has responded with several keys wins this season, including a victory last weekend over the state's No. 2 team, St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Calif.) 25 -9. Fauria has been patient as Crespi's young sophomore quarterback, Bryan Bennett, has settled into the starting role. On the season the pair have connected for 10 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns.

The story of the game against St. Bonaventure was the Crespi defense, and Joe also played a role there. "Our defense has been pretty solid this year," Fauria explained." I've been getting a couple tackles a game and batting down some passes. Last week our defense stepped up against a good team. We held Darrell Scott is check and kept him out of the end zone. "

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